Jay Amit Shah: India BJP defends party chief son over 'graft'

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In his response, Jay Shah's lawyer has denied any wrong doing and threatened to sue the author of the report and editors and owners of the website on charges of criminal defamation.

After the report was published online, Congress attacked BJP president Amit Shah and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain what it called the "Shah model of business" and demanding an enquiry. "Jai Amit", Gandhi said in a tweet. Aap Chaukidar the ya Bhagidar? Were you the protector or collaborator?

Congress on Monday demanded the resignation of BJP president Amit Shah to ensure independent probe into his son's business dealings and held press conferences in 12 state capitals to highlight the controversy over Jay Shah's business. BJP leaders said it was unfortunate that Jay had been targeted for pursuing his business honestly. "They are trying to create a slant and damage reputation and we are within out rights to challenge that".

Temple Enterprise was merged in 2004 with Jay Shah and Jitendra Shah listed as its directors while Amit Shah's wife Sonal Shah also has a stake in the company.

According to The Indian Express, he claimed his businesses are "fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines" reflected in his tax records and through banking transactions. Does this reek of cronyism? "He should also resign or are there new parameters for him?", he said.

The BJP leader also criticied Gandhi for making mockery of development in Gujarat and accused it of prefering vote bank politics. "We finally found the only beneficiary of Demonetisation". "The BJP chief, who frequently visits Orissa and other states and speaks at length against corruption, must explain as to how the business turnover of his son grew 16,000 times within a year", Harichandan said. "When the BJP was in the opposition it used to talk about issues of probity in public life. All the loans, which she mentions in her article, have been paid back with due interest by Jay Shah", Goyal had said.

"Jay's company did not have any previous experience in windmills or in the renewable energy sector".

He also acknowledged that Tushar Mehta, the ASG, was cleared virtually straight away to handle Jay Shah's case - on the same day that the government lawyer applied for sanction.

"Himmat Shah Patel who has been associated with the Ambubhai Patel for a long time and who is working as Advisor even now in the Kalupur Commercial Co-op Bank said" I can not tell you anything offhand but I assure you of coming back with all the details very soon".

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